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Embarked 139 men
 Voyage 157 days
Deaths 5
Surgeon's Journal - No
Previous vessel: Experiment arrived 25 June 1809
Next vessel: Indispensable arrived 18 August 1809
Captain John Thompson

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The Boyd was the next convict ship to leave Ireland bound for New South Wales after the departure of the Experiment in January 1809.

The Freeman's Journal reported on 22 June 1807 ......
Dublin - On Monday evening, four convicts who were sentenced at the assizes of Mayo, to be transported to Botany Bay, named Daniel McAnarty, John Moloney, Martin Freele and Mr. Tobias Jennings (a man who had interests in this country to the amount it is said of 1000 per annum) were conveyed through Limerick from Castlebar, under a military escort on their transmit to Cork to be embarked at Cove on board a transport bound for Port Jackson.

In December 1807 Martin Egan was tried in Dublin for stealing some bridles and saddles, the property of William Alexander, Esq., the Superintendent Magistrate. He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years.

The Freeman's Journal  - 10th November 1808 - Two vessels laden with convicts under sentence of transportation, and destined for Botany Bay, now remain in the great dock of the Grand Canal Company near Ringsend; one is a sloop cutter-rigged in which the females are deposited (the Experiment), the other a brig-rigged vessel, in which the male convicts are to be embarked; several persons have been, and are further expected to be transmitted from different parts of the country to add to this precious exportation. It may not be unworthy of observation, nor should it be unknown to the public, that during the embarkation of those unhappy victims to the violation of the laws of their country; they bestowed the most fervent prayers, and expression of gratitude to Mr. McDowell, the deputy gaoler of Newgate, who was then inspecting their embarkation; and it is likewise most gratifying to learn, that such is the well regulated internal government of Newgate in this city under the direction of Mr. Gregg the head gaoler and Mr. McDowell the deputy gaoler, that it was not found necessary to load any one of the 80 male convicts who were for some time in that prison, under sentence of transportation, with any bolts of iron. The eight robbers under sentence of death were all taken up by Mr. McDowell. ...

On Tuesday between 40 and 50 male convicts, and upwards of 20 female convicts were conveyed from Newgate (Dublin) in a number of jingles, jaunting cars and carts which were prepared for the occasion, to the great dock of the Grand Canal, where they were embarked in the vessels now moored there, in which they are to be transportation to Botany Bay.  .....

and on 16 November 1808....On Sunday morning the convicts for Botany Bay confined for some time past in the city and county jails of Waterford, were sent for the Cove of Cork, under a military escort - one prisoner, of the name of Fleming, from Wexford, accompanied them: Maurice Hickey, Patrick Keane, James Swaine and Mary Hale, from the county jail - and John Reade from the city. Wednesday last the following convicts were transmitted from Clonmel to Cork, under an escort of Cavalry, previous to transportation to Botany Bay, viz - Daniel Long, John Bull Murphy, John White, Stephen Blake, William Hogan, Denis Criney and Mary Dooney.

They were joined by three men who had been tried in March 1808 in Sligo - Michael Tracy who was found guilty of cow stealing, Michael McDermott of petty larceny and John Supple who was found guilty of threshing
(Freeman's Journal 22 March 1808) Simon White from Limerick was tried almost a year later.....

The High Sheriffs of this city (Limerick) received on Monday a communication from Government, whereby His Grace the Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to stay the execution of Simon White, who was to suffer death for a rape on Saturday next, and to order transportation for life; he yesterday was transmitted for Cork to be put on board the receiving ship in that harbour for Botany Bay. Freeman's Journal 11 February 1809  

The Boyd departed Cork on 10 March 1809, arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on 24th May and sailed from there on 11th June 1809. Passengers included Captain Cameron, Lieutenant Pike and Lieutenant Wright of the 73rd regt., and 30 non-commissioned officers and privates.

The Boyd was one of four convict ships arriving in New South Wales in 1809. She arrived in Port Jackson on 14 August 1809. Five prisoners died on the passage out.

The Boyd brought news of the appointment of Governor Bligh's successor, Lachlan Macquarie and of the fall of Lieut-General Sir John Moore at Corunna.

Arrival at Port Jackson of the convict ship Boyd in 1809. Sydney Gazette 20 August 1809

After disembarking the prisoners and taking on passengers for England, the Boyd set sail on 8th November 1809 for New Zealand to obtain spars. Some of those planning to join the Boyd on this ill-fated voyage were James Moore, John Budden, Robert Thomas, Mordica Marks, Ann Glossop, Catherine Bourke, R.W. Wrather, Ann Morley, John Petty, Thomas Martin, William Allen, John Thomas, William Mahoney, Dennis Desmond and Thomas Davis.

The vessel was set upon by natives in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand and most on board were massacred. The only survivors were Mrs. Morley and child, Betsey Broughton, (daughter of Commissary Broughton) and Thomas Davis (a boy). Read about the massacre here  

Notes & Links

1). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Boyd in 1809

2). Convict Ships arriving in New South Wales in 1809 - Aeolus, Experiment, Boyd and Indispensable.

3). Hunter Valley convicts:

Name Convicted at Location NSW
Owen Brierty / McBranty Donegal 1806 Newcastle
William Carney / Kearney Dublin City 1808 Newcastle
John Coffey Dublin 1806 Newcastle
James Condon Cork 1807 Newcastle
John Cruise Dublin City 1807 Newcastle
Denis Donovan Limerick 1806 Newcastle
William Farrell Dublin 1807 Newcastle
George Greaves / Graves Dublin City 1808 Newcastle
Ormsby Irwin Cork 1806 Newcastle
Terence Kelly Dublin City 1808 Newcastle
Francis Lawless Dublin City 1807 Newcastle
James Mannix Kerry 1808 Newcastle
Tully Matthews Louth 1808 Newcastle
John Maxwell Dublin City 1806 Newcastle
Michael McDermott Sligo 1807 Newcastle
Michael McGrath / Magrath Kilkenny 1808 Newcastle
Dominic McIntyre / McEnteer Louth 1808 Newcastle
Francis Satchell Wicklow 1808 Newcastle
John Saunders Kilkenny 1807 Newcastle



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